Planning Your Proposal

Help for planning your LibTech proposal

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the Library Technology Conference.  Below you will find information to help as you plan your presentation proposal.   When you are ready to fill out the submission form  you will need:   title for your proposal, 300 word (or less) description of your proposal, and 2-3 brief learning objectives. Any Co-presenter information will be collected upon acceptance of proposals.  Compensation:  The primary presenter for each non-lightning round session that is accepted will receive complimentary single-day registration to the conference.  If you have additional questions as you are preparing for your session proposal, please contact


Traditional Sessions
Lecture-style conference presentations highlighting a technology, resource or service;

Hands-On Lab/BYOL Sessions
Sessions offering participants an opportunity to work hands-on with a software resource or technology tool in a computer lab setting;  hands-on sessions typically have a limited number of participants. (usually 90 minute sessions)

Workshop Sessions
Sessions offering participants a highly interactive learning experience teaching or demonstrating a particular procedure, skill, or technique.  These sessions include details of the topic from the presenter(s) and should provide ample time for audience interaction, participation, and involvement.

Panel Discussion Sessions
Session offering participants a more in-depth opportunity to learn about a technology-related topic or issue through a facilitated discussion involving multiple presenters. Opportunities to actively involve the audience in the dialogue should be incorporated into the session.

Lightning Round Sessions
Informal “talk” lasting 7-10 minutes highlighting a technology project at your library.  Talks are grouped into a single 90 minute session; Q&A usually facilitated following each session.


When preparing your proposal submission, please keep in mind that we are looking for a mixture of sessions that are interactive and/or which provide practical skills and information; sessions which will appeal to a wide range of libraries; and sessions which address technology trends and tools that are of high interest to libraries.

Session proposals will be evaluated for acceptance based on the following criteria:

Relevance to Conference Goals
How relevant is the proposal to conference goals which are (a) to offer sessions that explore how all types of libraries are being impacted by technology, or how existing technologies are being used by libraries in new or unique ways; (b) to offer sessions that are interactive in nature; and (c) to offer sessions that provide the opportunity for attendees to learn new skills or about new tools that participants can take back to their home library where they can apply what they’ve learned.

Currency of Session Topic
The LibTech Conference is most interested in sessions that explore technology issues that remain highly relevant to libraries of all types – even if these technologies have been around awhile – but also the newest technology trends that are currently getting lots of attention. Special attention will be given to technology issues which are receiving attention in the broader technology world, but which are only now starting to impact libraries or, possibly, which have not yet begun to impact libraries, but most likely soon will.

Appeal to Diverse Library Audience
The LibTech Conference attracts a broad range of participants geographically, by type of library, and by type of position within libraries (front line desk worker, reference librarian, library director, technology coordinator, etc.).  We strive to find a balance of sessions that meet the needs of large university libraries, small town rural public and school libraries as well as special libraries; the novice/beginning technology user as well as the advanced/expert technology librarians. Because most session proposals are ‘general interest’ or “beginner level” sessions, special attention will be given to sessions which are geared toward intermediate or advanced level attendees.

Quality of Written Proposal
The quality of a submitted session proposal is important. Is it well thought out and organized?  Does the presenter(s) have the background, experience and qualifications to present on this topic?  Is the title given to the session catchy and appealing? Does the session description and learning objectives clearly and concisely outline what will be covered in the session and what participants should expect to learn if they attend?


Review past session descriptions and materials in our conference archives for ideas on content, depth, breadth, and scope of previous sessions. Here are links to a sampling of previous sessions:
Geocaching History Challenge: Using High-Tech Toys to Learn History
Defence Against the Digital Dark Arts (Grade One)
Practical Linked Data: Learning How to Create and Use Linked Data in the Real World
Holistic Tech: Harness Your Library’s Data Fetish to Solve the Right Problems
Just the Spark You Needed: A Standards Showcase
Storytime with an iPad